Analysis

USN Aegis anti-missile capability and the deterrence of North Korea

USN Aegis anti-missile capability and the deterrence of North Korea

World naval developments. March 2017.

By Norman Friedman*

During February and March, Kim Jong-Un continued to escalate his war of nerves against South Korea and its ally the United States. The North Koreans appeared to be preparing for another nuclear test, and some observers interpreted a relatively short-range North Korean missile test as part of an ICBM development program (this now seems unlikely).

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Indonesia-Australia: joint patrols in South China Sea?

By Shafiah F. Muhibat* INDONESIA HAS so far demonstrated a cautious approach to the territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Jakarta maintains that it is not a claimant state in the South China Sea territorial disputes, nor does it have any territorial ambition in the area. Nonetheless, it has interests at stake and Indonesia continues to advocate a united ASEAN front when dealing with China. On the other hand, Indonesia has asserted sovereign rights over its own territorial waters, as seen particularly in its firm law enforcement when dealing with illegal fishing activities in Indonesian waters. Safeguarding territorial integrity is a specific focus of the Joko Widodo (Jokowi) presidency, and one he is very serious about. In 2016 there were three incidents of fishing vessels from China operating without permission in Indonesia’s Exclusive Economic Zone. Following these, President Widodo led a high-level delegation to the Natuna Islands for a…

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Missing from Trump’s grand Navy plan: skilled workers

U.S. President Donald Trump says he wants to build dozens of new warships in one of the biggest peace-time expansions of the U.S. Navy. But interviews with ship-builders, unions and a review of public and internal documents show major obstacles to that plan, Reuters reports.

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Without books we are all at sea

Without books we are all at sea

“Reading has the power not only to demolish time and span the ages, but also the capacity to make one feel more human — human meaning at one with humanity — and possibly less savage.” – JAMES SALTER.
“After owning books, almost the next best thing is talking about them.” – CHARLES NODIER

By Christopher Nelson*

Some years ago I met Admiral Jim Stavridis. The conversation, while short, turned to books. If I recall, it was in Stuttgart, Germany, sometime around 2010 or 2011. Because he was the Supreme Allied Commander Europe and the U.S. European Commander (EUCOM), he had to divide his time between two locations: his NATO headquarters located near Mons, Belgium and his EUCOM headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany. At the time, I worked in the intelligence directorate at EUCOM when we heard he was coming by to meet the staff.

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China’s defence spending: settling in for slow growth?

China’s defence spending: settling in for slow growth?

China’s recent defence budget increase of seven percent is the lowest in more than 25 years. It could signal a new round of belt-tightening for the People’s Liberation Army. Nevertheless, Beijing is unlikely to pull back from its long-term commitment to build a modern, 21st Century military.

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